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Russia to Test Launch Newest ICBM by Year-End – Industry Official

Posted By admin On October 3, 2013 @ 11:23 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
October 3, 2013

The test launch of Russia’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile, codenamed Rubezh, could take place before the end of the year, a high-ranking defense industry official told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

The RS-26, a solid-propellant ICBM, will supplement the Yars and Topol-M [2] missiles that are currently in service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, the official said.

RS-26 specifications are currently classified, but an unnamed missile industry expert cited by Vedomosti newspaper said the new missile would most likely be equipped with a new warhead and system to override missile defenses.

The expert cited by Vedomosti also played down speculation that RS-26 was designed in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits the United States and Russia from owning ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers.

In June, Russia tested elements of a new ICBM that Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, hailed as a “missile defense killer.”

The Defense Ministry was more reserved in its appraisal of the test, carried out at the Kapustin Yar facility, between Volgograd and Astrakhan, saying only “the [simulated] warhead hit a designated target within the set time frame.”

The missile is to be manufactured at the Votkinsk plant in the Urals republic of Udmurtia, where all solid-propellant missiles are made, the official said.


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[1] RIA Novosti: http://en.rian.ru/military_news/20131003/183922417/Russia-to-Test-Launch-Newest-ICBM-by-Year-End--Industry-Official.html

[2] Topol-M: http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20090623/155324406.html

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